ESPGHAN NEC Monothematic Conference (Webinar)

General Information

General Information

Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) is a major cause of death and serious disability in preterm infants and understanding is relevant to all NICU practitioners, as well as gastroenterologists, hepatologists, and a range of Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) especially dieticians and pharmacists. Whilst NEC only affects 5-10% of very preterm infants, the fear of NEC dominates decision making on a day to day basis on the NICU. The risk of NEC is affected by and impacts on feeding rate, milk type including the use of donor human milk, the use of fortifiers or supplements including breast milk fortifiers, and other interventions such as probiotics. In the short term, up to 50% of infants with NEC require surgery, of whom half may not survive.

In the longer term, NEC may result in short gut requiring prolonged use of parenteral nutrition, some of which may be provided at home. NEC has major impacts on brain development affecting long-term cognitive outcome and is likely to have a large impact on quality of life over the life-course. In recent years there has been an increase in research aimed at early prediction (using microbiomic, metabolomic and other predictors) and prophylaxis using for example probiotics or other immunonutrients.

This online conference will compromise a faculty consisting of scientific and clinical experts in the prevention, diagnosis, prediction, and management of NEC as well as parents to talk about their experiences. The faculty will be international and include recognised experts in their fields. The presentations will consist of state-of-the-art lectures covering the basic science of underlying mechanisms, along with clinical aspects of prevention and management.

Registration & Fees

Registration Deadline: Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis up to a maximum of 100 delegates for the 2 days webinar.
Registration Fees:

ESPGHAN Members - 2 days webinar: EUR 25,00
Non-ESPGHAN Members - 2 days webinar : EUR 35,00

The registration fee needs to be paid upon receipt of the respective invoice.

Kindly use the online registration form on this page. Registration by email cannot be accepted. If you experience any issues with the online tool, please contact office@espghan.org. 

The course language is English.

PROGRAMME

Day 01 - Thursday, December 03

Kindly be aware that timings are in GMT

13.00-14.45        3 talks + discussion
14.45-15.00        Break
15.00-16.15        2 talks + discussion
16.15-16.30        Break
16.30-17.45        2 talks + discussion
17.45-18.00        Wrap up, discussion, questions

Day 02 - Friday, December 04

Kindly be aware that timings are in GMT

13.00-14.45        3 talks + discussion
14.45-15.00        Break
15.00-16.15        2 talks + discussion
16.15-16.30        Break
16.30-17.45        2 talks + discussion
17.45-18.00        Wrap up, discussion, questions

Faculty & Topics

There will be a total of 14 talks and discussions. Talks are max 25 minutes and 10 minutes discussion (max 35 mins).
Titles, speakers and order might change.

  • Is NEC a single disease: variation in the clinical presentation and pathological findings
    *Dr Janet Berrington, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University, UK
  • Gut enteroid models to improve mechanistic understanding in NEC
    *Prof.  Matthias Zilbauer, Senior Lecturer, Cambridge University, UK
  • Microbiomic, metabolomic and HMO correlates and predictors of NEC
    Dr Chris Stewart, Faculty research fellow, Newcastle University, UK
  • Navigating the inflammatory wave seen in NEC
    Prof. Steve McElroy, University of Iowa, USA
  • Molecular signaling in the prevention and treatment of NEC: Tolls and beyond
    Prof. David Hackam, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, USA
  • Do animal models of NEC hold translational relevance for preterm infants?
    *Prof. Per Sangild, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Mechanisms on the causal pathway to NEC: Blood transfusion and CMV infection?
    Prof. Ravi Mangel, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, USA
  • How can we best utilize human milk to achieve NEC prevention?
    *Prof. Magnus Domellof, Umea University, Sweden
  • Probiotics and NEC: what strain combinations really work
    *Prof. Hans van Goudoever, Amsterdam UMC, the Netherlands
  • Surgery for NEC: laparotomy or drainage, and optimal timing of stoma closure
    Ass Prof. Nigel Hall, Southampton University, UK
  • Optimal nutritional management during acute NEC – high, low or no parenteral nutrition?
    *Dr Chris Van Akker, Amsterdam UMC, the Netherlands
  • Treating NEC-induced brain injury: from gut-brain signaling to gut-brain protection 
    Prof. David Hackam, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, USA
  • Long term nutritional management of short gut following NEC
    *Dr Jutta Koeglmeier, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK
  • The family experience of NEC: prolonged PN and life after discharge & panel discussion*Parents & NEC UK advocacy organisation and Professor Nick Embleton

* ESPGHAN Member

CONTACT

If you have any questions, please contact the ESPGHAN Office for details.
Phone: +41 (0)22 9000 401
Email: office@espghan.org